Fed up with ongoing building works at Mayflower halls, over 100 freshers have signed a petition demanding free laundry as part of their rent charges.

Tia Roberts, who created the online petition, says freshers feel “robbed by Mayflower Halls” and is encouraging people to sign in protest.

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defaced welcome sign is the least of Mayflower residents’ worries, as facilities such as a convenience store and gym aren’t ready for use.

Biology student and Mayflower resident, Carla Broom said:

Put me on the petition! Residents are paying too much for the lack of what we get. Lifts not working, maintenance works getting in the way, water and electricity being off, etc.

Another resident, Emma Martensson, said:

I want free laundry… The laundry service isn’t even that great – I had several issues with it now and ended up spending £20 in 2 weeks!

Mat Baker, who signed the petition, commented that he feels:

like I’m paying a lot of money for an unfinished product. We’re still living on a building site.

Maths student, Kevin Madden, stated:

No way this is worth £136ppw!

Building work that begun five weeks ago is still going on, making so much noise that students are being woken up when builders start at 7.45am.

Mayflower JCR Secretary Ayush Yoshy Kumar, who called a meeting with renting students yesterday, said:

We are paying for these services at this moment in time which is unfair as they do not exist. There have also been frequent complaints about things such as sudden power outages, water leaks and inefficient heating.

Ayush added that Uni-Link are not providing enough buses on the U2 route, causing many students to arrive late to lectures. He assured that the Mayflower JCR president has now contacted the service.

JCR Welfare Officer, Ben Harding, hinted at plans for the action to go further than claiming free laundry services. He said:

Many students told us that it was too small for a halls with the capacity of 1,404. Free laundry would not be enough compensation for the problems the residents have experienced whilst at Halls.

Well this is awkward

Well this is awkward

You can sign the petition to have your dirty undies washed for free here.

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  • Victor Meldrew
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    Well Mayflower freshers, consider this your gentle introduction to letting in Southampton; you’ve got at least two years of private rented hell ahead of you yet!

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  • Chris Baker
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    Shame that first screen-grab isn’t written in a particularly coherent way, otherwise seems an interesting discussion: I’m guessing no response from the university yet?

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  • Archers til I die
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    For Christs sake, respect the fact that you actually have a bed to sleep in after the building caught friggin fire so close to your move in. Other halls are paying very similar prices and don’t whine about not having gyms and convenience stores. You are bang in the middle of town and are right opposite a giant Asda!

    What else should be included in that price? Golden toilets? Stop being such brats!

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    Chris K
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    mate i’m gonna set you straight there. I did not apply for Mayflower halls – it was allocated to me, the same for a lot of students here. This is the most expensive halls offered by the University but regardless of price, the amenities that are promised at point of purchase need to be provided.

    If you paid for a service and that service was given at 50% what was agreed upon when you paid, you wouldn’t be happy to say ‘I’ll stop being a brat and be grateful.’ Now apply that to paying thousands of £ a year for: (a) things which haven’t materialised; (b) are highly disruptive (at ridiculous times of day too) (c) services which patently do not work – lifts are a constant issue. My block has c. 500 students and 2 lifts, 1 of which is frequently out of use.

    We are NOT ASKING FOR GOLDEN TOILETS. We are asking for the provision of what we paid for – I am more than happy to discuss why this is fair if you’d like. You make it sound like the residents here are asking for things that were not mentioned in the contract. WE ARE NOT!! Nobody asked you Archers Halls, so don’t call us names. Just childish.

    This seems to be one of those occasions that appears like whining until you live here. You don’t leave here, so show yourself the door to this conversation, thanks.

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    Name
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    No offence but I’m from mayflower halls myself and this is just going waa too far. Asking for things like sky sports and speakers in the common room is beyond ridiculous.
    Things like the laundry room are external company so asking for free washing is stupid, we’ve already been compensated for it not being ready on time so people need to give it a rest.
    As for the gym (advertised as being open in jan) and the store (late 2014) we can’t really complain as at the moment it hasn’t been false advertised, when they go past the deadlines and it still hasn’t open then you complain.
    We’ve literally got the nicest halls in southampton, it’s a new build so of course there is going to be problems. The resident team are not to blame and their job is to look after us and they’re doing a pretty good job.
    At the end of the day we haven’t got an excuse to complain.

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    Chris Baker
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    Just for clarity, what are the “things which haven’t materialised”? I notice the article references many complaints about things which “don’t exist” but it seems a bit light on specifics.

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  • Grammar Nazi
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    what an excellently written petition

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  • anon
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    I actually cannot understand a word of that first screen-grab… are you sure they’re a southampton uni student??

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  • anon
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    be thankful for what you’ve got!

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  • LandlordsSuck
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    You’re gonna wish to live here again after dealing with the horrible landlords in Southampton In the next few years while living in private rented accommodation

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  • Frankie Moat
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    All these people are here to see me

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  • Tom Warren
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    Frankie Mouat’s tweet is just plain rude. I think he should rethink his life more if he wishes to express these opinions openly on twitter.

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    West
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    Ham

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  • Adam Thomas
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    Ok, maybe there should be some form of compensation. But the petition is badly written. Of course it convenient for someone, the university!

    At least make them try and take you seriously?

    Can’t help but think what it’s going to be like when they realise how bad Soton student lets are.

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  • Truthteller2000
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    Didn’t know Solent students were being housed in Mayflower.

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  • Adam verity
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    I’ll wash any girls pants for free. If you just bag them up and bring them over to 6 Spear Rd.

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